Sleds on Boston Common: A Story from the American Revolution

by Louise Borden and Robert Andrew Parker

On his 9th birthday, in December of 1774, Henry Price wakes to a thick blanket of... read more

On his 9th birthday, in December of 1774, Henry Price wakes to a thick blanket of snow and a new sled. Eager to try it out, he rushes to Boston Common with siblings and friends during the midday break from school. But the children discover that the British troops sent by King George to close Boston Harbor have set up their tents in the middle of the best sled runs. When he catches sight of General Thomas Gage, the royal governor, Henry mounts his courage and explains to the general that the Common is supposed to belong to everyone, and that he wants a chance to use his new sled on his birthday. Louise Borden’s first-person narrative captures the spirit of a quiet and determined young boy who discovers an ally instead of an enemy. This story is based on the local folklore of Boston. An author’s note provides additional history of the legend and the background of General Gage. Robert Andrew Parker provides full-color, watercolor illustrations. (Ages 7-10)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2001

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